Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Peter Kempson, Diane Rudnick Mann, Gary Polonsky

Tues. October 28 - Sat. November 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 5-8 p.m.

Peter Kempson: 1947-2014, Peter Kempson

Peter Kempson, Chairman, Mixed Media 54 x 40 in., ed. 2/10
Peter Kempson passed away while working in preparation for his 2014 show. “Peter Kempson: 1947-2014” is a celebration of the artist’s life and a retrospective look at the Los Angeles landscapes and multimedia collage works that defined Kempson’s point of view. From his urban Los Angeles street scenes to more recent playful explorations in mixed media, Kempson enjoyed engaging in humorous social critique. Familiar icons from pop culture are digitally layered to create satirical situations and landscapes that dance between fantasy and reality. From a collaged portrait of director Steven Spielberg composed of his film posters, to a tongue-in-cheek depiction of communist revolutionary “Chairman” Mao Zedong portrayed in a sea of chairs, Kempson’s work encourages the viewer to critically examine our societal values. Injecting color and comedy in his invitation to peer into ornately detailed scenes, Kempson beckons viewers to take a closer look at modern society.

Everything Glass, Diane Rudnick Mann
Diane Rudnick Mann, 8 or 9 Bowls, Pastel, 28 x 32 in.
In her latest body of work, Diane Rudnick Mann continues to highlight beautiful detail in the everyday. Using photorealistic techniques with pastel, Mann transforms ordinary, overlooked, and unseen objects into the extraordinary in her new series, “Everything Glass.” Seemingly simple moments in time are preserved for posterity as Mann skillfully captures the high contrast highlights, shadows, reflections, and transparent brilliance of glass. Whether portraying a vase of flowers, stacked bowls, or assorted silverware, Mann’s compositions are expertly crafted with precise finesse. “We are forced to look, to gaze intently at the usual,” says Mann. “Otherwise you would walk by and never notice.” The solidarity of each focal point draws the viewer in as the lines between photography and painting are blurred. Mann is an award winning artist with work previously featured in American Art Collector and American Artist magazine publications. She is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and International Guild of Realism.

ten thousand things, Gary Polonsky
Gary Polonsky, Amanita Muscaria, Acrylic and Mixed Media, 10 x 9.5 x 8 in.

In his current exhibition, Gary Polonsky furthers his experimentation with various mixed media to create dynamic three dimensional works. The artist casts a wider net in his new series, transitioning from previous explorations in food and sweet confections to a botanical inspired collection. A vibrant forest floor mushroom extends from soil-covered hands in works like “Amanita Muscaria.” Equipped with a 3D printer, Polonsky says he found a new sense of freedom in his sculptural techniques and utilized a variety of media in his latest work - from styrofoam and balsa wood to traditional canvas surfaces. His show title, “ten thousand things” makes reference to ancient philosopher Lao Tzu’s writings of the innumerable mysteries of the universe and the individual’s role within it. “With the death of my friend and fellow artist Peter Kempson, whom I am honored to show with one last time, a great emphasis has been realized for me to maximize my time [and] my efforts,” says Polonsky. His object - to create art that captures the essence of our time and place with a passionate, unified voice.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Sue Keane, Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Alison Lowe Platt

Tues. September 30 - Sat. October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 5-8 p.m.

New Works on Paper, Sue Keane
Sue Keane, Vessel I, Monotype, 20 x 15 in
Making a dramatic shift from her previous focus on ceramic media, artist Sue Keane explores abstract two dimensional expression in her current body of work. Working solely with oil-based inks and paper, Keane creates monoprints within a restrictive palette of black and white, occasionally infusing bold orange hues. High contrast images emerge in pieces like “Vessel,” as strong lines thrust upward in compositions that simultaneously suggest motion and strength. Keane is inspired by architectural patterns and forms, using a linear style that she developed first in her clay works and translates seamlessly to paper. The effect is one of fluid grandeur - using the ancient technique of ink printmaking with a contemporary perspective.

Windows of Dreams, Andrea Rubin Kichaven 
Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Spectrum of Light, Acrylic, 24 x 36 in
The exploration of atmosphere, weather, composition and mood are Kichaven’s focus in her upcoming show, Windows of Dreams. Mindful moments captured in a small window of time create a dream-like expression of space and place. The spiritual and physical become the catalyst of her exploration. From a lifelong fascination with the magic of the sky and the elusiveness of clouds, Kichaven’s current work reveals the fleeting moments that have the power to make us stop, look up, and daydream. Kichaven’s work is built on layers of texture, exuberant marks, and color, to crystallize this visual imagery. Modernists Mark Rothko and Josef Albers have inspired Kichaven's use of color. “Her color sensibility and layout are remarkable,” said acclaimed artist Franklyn Liegel. Color is the heart and soul of Kichaven's work. Through the process of application and elimination, Kichaven gradually builds layers of color, creating depth and translucency that give way to recognizable yet abstract landscapes. This experimentation with texture and color reveals ethereal compositions that resonate as spiritual landscapes.

Explorations, Alison Lowe Platt
Alison Lowe Platt, Little Reminders, Mixed Media, 30 x 22 in
In her most recent body of work, Alison Lowe Platt shifts stylistically from her plein-air and oil painting background to focus on animated mixed media compositions. Implementing a vibrant use of color with media that combines photo transfer along with ink, gouache, oil-based inks, and pencil elements, Platt's new work takes on a more intuitive approach. According to Platt, her intent is to achieve organic art pieces. By drawing equally from the influence of family and friends as well as spiritual meditations, each work in "Explorations" unfolds leaving the viewer with narratives of both frivolity and intangibility. “There’s an element of surprise with these [pieces] that is both challenging and exciting," says Platt. "I love the pushing and pulling of colors and learning how to manipulate the viewer's focus." By incorporating an array of provocative and ethereal imagery in her subject matter, Platt’s works take on contemporary and philosophical themes.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Pam Douglas, Ernie Marjoram, Camey McGilvray

Tues. September 2 - Sat. September 27, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 20, 5 p.m.

The Long Thread, Pam Douglas
Pam Douglas,  The 4 Phases,  Inks on rice paper, 60 x 50 in.
New work by Pam Douglas explores the cycle of birth and death in “The Long Thread.” This show transcends her previous paintings by adding string, twine and rope -- rough textures that contrast with silk and rice paper, expanding these large-scale works into 3-dimensions. As with her previous series, Douglas reveals her admiration for Asian art using rice paper and silk, and suspending the fabric from dowels that recall Japanese and Chinese scroll paintings. In “The Source Within” indigo strings cascade through a divide of bronze and gold on silk panels, like a source of bright energy opening into birth. This scroll-like mixed media painting is almost seven feet high. In “Four Phases,” rice paper panels progress from white to black, and red strings in groups of four continue the careful balance, creating an understated elegance, both contemplative and hopeful.

Works on Paper, Ernie Marjoram 
Ernie Marjoram, Baptistry, Graphite 7 x 5 in.
For his current exhibition, “Works on Paper,” artist Ernie Marjoram presents drawings of a range of subjects; landscapes, still life compositions and figure studies in a variety of media: watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, etchings and digital prints.  Marjoram’s latest body of work is a transition from previous oil studies in vibrant candies and comfort foods. “For me, there is no single definition of beauty and no single approach to art,” says Marjoram.  Some images are highly rendered, while others are black and white.  “I have always experimented withdifferent graphic techniques and have become comfortable combining traditional and digital techniques,” says Marjoram.  “In the end it is all about the image, not the technique.”  While studying a range of subjects in his current series, Marjoram’s strong gestural brushstrokes and technical skill create animated characters and environments.

L.A. Boogie Woogie, Camey McGilvray
Camey McGilvray, LA Boogie Woogie, Acrylic, wood, and wire, 48 x 48 x 4 in.
In artist Camey McGilvray's latest sculpture series, abstracted forms in wood, wire and rebar are a continued concentration in her work. Using the grid as a compositional tool, McGilvray recalls mid-century Los Angeles architectural influences - referencing the landmark "Hollywood Hills House", among other urban locations, including downtown Los Angeles itself. The piece L.A.Boogie-Woogie is based on a map of L.A's downtown area and the title pays homage to Piet Mondrian's own version of Manhattan and is also the show title. McGilvray maintains a strong focus on line in her work, using rebar in free-standing works and superimposing wire on vibrant painted mixed media wall sculptures. The pulse of the city is echoed in her animated andanthropomorphic forms as wires pulsate with an energy of their own.